Senator Jim Timilty
In July 2007, Senate President Therese Murray named Senator Timilty the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, the committee charged with all matters concerning law enforcement, public safety, anti-terrorism, and the correctional system. He has retained this chairmanship since then, forging close and effective working relationships with professionals and advocates in this field over the past 6 years.
This session, the Senate President also appointed Senator Timilty as the Vice Chair of the Revenue Committee, and sits on the Joint Committee on Public Health, the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, the Joint Committee on Municipalities and Regional Government, and the Senate Committee on Ways & Means. Senator Timilty joined the Ways & Means Committee in January 2012, giving him an important role in crafting the annual state budget and in reviewing all legislation that impacts the Commonwealth’s finances.
In recognition of his efforts on Beacon Hill, Jim Timilty recently received the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts’ 2013 Public Servant of the Year award, the State Police Superior Officers Association 2012 Legislator of the Year award, and was named one of 2012’s “Great 8” Legislators by the Massachusetts Restaurant & Business Alliance. He was also honored by the Melanoma Foundation of New England in 2011 for his work raising awareness of skin cancer, particularly among young people.
Senator Timilty’s past awards include Massachusetts Coalition of Police Legislator of the Year Award, The Massachusetts Correction Officers Federated Union Legislator of the Year Award, Massachusetts League of Environmental Voters “Budget Hero” Award, Health Care For All’s “Health Care Access Hero” Award, and the Massachusetts Medical Society Legislator of the Month. He was also honored by the Disability Policy Consortium for his work to assist the disabled, and received the Massachusetts Nurses Association Special recognition for Legislative Advocacy Award.
Senator Timilty is a resident of the Town of Walpole where he lives with his wife Mary and their two daughters, Maryjane and Kaitlin.